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Montgomery City Council tables security officer ordinance again


The Montgomery City Council's Public Safety Committee has been trying to address nightclub violence for months now, but a proposal to allow off-duty police officers as security guards was tabled again Tuesday.

The ongoing debate continues. Should Montgomery police officers be hired as security for nightclubs and bars? And when will council members vote on establishing guidelines requiring club owners to make sure their security is certified?

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange is weighing in.

"You know we've maintained all along that we are not going to put our police officers in harm's way by having them as off duty officers working these clubs because they can never really be off duty," Strange said.

But still council members have to weigh in and vote.

The public safety committee met on Feb. 4 to start the discussion and put in motion some type of ordinance. Since then, there have been three meetings and three delays.

Councilman Jon Dow is one of three councilmen serving on the Public Safety Committee.

He moved to change the language of the ordinance to read that club owners will have 90 days from the time the ordinance goes into effect to get their security officers certified instead of 60 days.

But the longer we wait, the more Rapper Doe B's mother says she is grieving.

"He left my house that night going to Centennial Hill club and once he left, I didn't see him anymore," Shirley Thomas said.

Many say perhaps if this ordinance would have been in place, the deadly shootings could have been prevented.

"Cause more than my son lost his life. Other people lost their lives. And it's just time for something to be done. It's time," Thomas said.

Council members say the plan is to vote on this ordinance at the next city council meeting.

Another issue that's been hounding the council recently was also delayed Tuesday.

The council is still deciding what to do about a rise in the number of payday loan businesses in the city. Those businesses have been criticized for charging exorbitant amounts of interest.

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